|African tradition, rain is a lucky sign at funerals - luckily|
Such was the apt headline in one of our dailies yesterday, after Nelson's massive Memorial service the day before. Very long indeed - some 6 hours if you count from when the dignatories started arriving, even longer for those disciples who braved the torrential rain which continued all day and left their homes as early as 4.00 am. to get to the venue. Oh how boring were the speeches, except for Mr Obama's - his was as brilliant as always (remember we are not used to charismatic speakers over here). A fascinating day in many respects. Some of the foreign guests were clearly taken aback at the jubilant mood and in many cases, colorful dress of the crowd. But South Africans were in a mood to celebrate rather than mourn. Then some of the visitors relaxed, perhaps too much - witness the 'selfie' posed for by Mr Obama, Mr Cameron and the (very pretty) Danish President. British newspapers newspapers made much of this and there was much good-natured teasing about it in the House of Commons. No-one here that it worth mentioning. Oddly, the foreign Press did not seem much concerned about the loud boos from the crowd every time the State President appeared on the Big Screens. Not appropriate for the occasion, some said. Others applauded the chance that frustrated South Africans took to make sure the world knew they were disenchanted with our shady, self-seeking President with an aura of corruption around him so heavy I am surprised he can still walk. Today, the big talking point concerns the so-called Sign Language Interpreter, who the deaf community are calling a complete fake. Did you see the video clips? Have a look. HIs face is dead-pan, he does not move his lips, looks straight ahead and, according to the experts, simply waves his hands about with no vestige of resemblance to any known sign language, either local or international. The big question is, "Who hired him?" Probably, like everything else here that is 'under investigation', nothing will happen, no-one will admit guilt, no-one will step down from any high position and no-one will be punished. We must be a laughing stock overseas.